No-one does window box flowers quite like the Austrians
If there's one thing the Austrians do really well (in addition to the Alps, ski resorts and wiener schnitzel, of course), it's window box flower displays. Almost every building in Austria â" and Germany and Switzerland too, for that matter â" is adorned with balcony boxes and patio planters that transform a house into a colourful, welcoming feast for the eyes. And the vibrant displays are not just on homes, they are commonly adorned to train stations, shops, roundabouts and hotels, too.
The Austrians pride themselves on cleanliness and uniform neatness in every area of life and curb appeal is high up on their list. So too is the water quality of their lakes â" some of which boast drinking quality status â" and the standard of their roads. Overall, and anyone who has visited will know, it is a pristine country and the flowers are a perfect reflection of their values.
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3 STYLE LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM AUSTRIAN FLOWER DISPLAYS
1. Geraniums, geraniums, geraniums...
Geraniums and petunias are the main choice of flower for exterior displays. The most popular is red but any colour can be used. They are not the normal border variety which grow upwards, but 'cascade', 'balcony' or 'trailing' geraniums. They are sometimes referred to as 'European Alpine Geraniums'. See below for where to buy...
2. ...and a bit of ivy
Ivy is often added to create some length and add greenery.
3. Less is more and uniform is key
The typical style for exterior planting in Austria is to choose no more than two plant varieties and no more than three colours. They are uniform, neat and simple.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 1
This house has gone for pink and purple geraniums with ivy and planters have been added to four levels of the building: the floor, ground floor fencing, first floor balcony and second floor balcony. The perfectly mowed lawn highlights the colourful display.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 2
This restaurant has gone slightly off-piste by combing six different colours but doesn't it look effective? Each planter is full to the brim.
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The CLC Alpine Centre hotel has gone for pink and white balcony displays and uniform planters on the ground level, in front of a pristine lawn.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 4
Even small farm houses up in the mountains take pride in their displays. We love this full cluster of hot pink geraniums in a hanging basket.
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This restaurant has gone for small planters and kept to the traditional red geraniums and ivy, whilst letting their paintwork do most of the talking.
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This single hanging basket has opted for red begonias over geraniums. It is simple but bold.
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These white and red geraniums harmonise bare, grey brickwork and a polished wood facade perfectly.
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This house has gone for a big climbing ivy along the first floor and pretty red and white geraniums under every painted window frame.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 9
An example of uniform at it's best, this incredibly simple box of two-tone geraniums looks beautiful in contrast to the rustic wood piles.
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